The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a national organization providing compassionate care to those grieving the death of a military loved one, is looking for active duty, reserve, National Guard and Veteran community members to serve as supportive companions to children of America’s fallen military heroes at the 28th Annual National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp, May 26 – 30 in Arlington, Virginia.

Surviving children from across the country, ages 5 – 18, will come together and connect with other children who have experienced similar losses – creating lasting friendships, learning coping skills and honoring their fallen service members. At TAPS, military mentor companionship for children grieving the death of a military family member is the foundation of a caring TAPS family and Good Grief Camp programming. Military mentors are needed to pair with these children and work in small groups facilitated by an experienced leader.

Mentor sitting with child

TAPS mentor and surviving child

Volunteering as a military mentor has a tremendous impact on surviving children. The one-on-one time with a military mentor gives children and teens the companionship and support needed to connect with their peers and engage in activities. Individual pairing with military mentors also signals to each child that they are worthy of the time and attention of others and maintains their connection to the military community. Compassionate and caring companionship from military mentors builds resilience, develops leadership skills and improves the healing process through positive role modeling. Most importantly, it creates hope.

TAPS understands that many of our Nation’s service members and Veterans are survivors, too, having experienced the traumatic loss of a battle buddy. While TAPS provides a safe and supportive place of healing for surviving families, it also offers a healthy, supportive environment for our military mentors, where service members and Veterans can learn to effectively express their grief and process emotions alongside their mentees as well as among their peers.

“We don’t get to choose tragedy, but we do get to choose healing, and I am very proud to be healing with TAPS,” said retired Air Force Master Sgt. and TAPS 2020 Military Mentor of the Year, Melissa Simpson.

Learn more about becoming a TAPS Military Mentor for a child grieving the loss of a military loved one at the 28th Annual National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp, or other events throughout the year, by visiting taps.org/militarymentor. Additional questions can be directed to the TAPS Youth Programs Team at mentors@taps.org or 800.959.TAPS (8277).

The sharing of any non-VA information does not constitute an endorsement of products and services on the part of VA. Verify information with the organization offering.

By Karl Hillway is a TAPS Military Mentor manager; Leigh Edmonds is TAPS senior manager of communications

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  1. Ronald Ingram May 16, 2022 at 8:38 am

    Veteran, still willing to serve!

  2. Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:36 am

    TAPS has events throughout the country during th e year. There was an event in Columbus this past September. I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  3. charles torres May 4, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Hi, I’m a 100% disabled veteran from the Army and would love to assist any your kids through the grieving prosses, I’m in southern California.

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 1:41 am

      I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  4. Lesley Bligen May 2, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    I am a veteran and a pastor, in Fayetteville, NC. and I would love to help…

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 1:42 am

      I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  5. Judith Grey May 2, 2022 at 2:58 pm

    https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

    Link to Apply as a Mentor, the response from the Military community is amazing to see.

  6. jay May 1, 2022 at 11:00 am

    I am a vet who would love to help.

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 1:43 am

      I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  7. Lisa Marie Robertson April 29, 2022 at 9:09 am

    I would love to mentor and be a part of this great program. I am a retired from the U.S Army and have served in the Airforce also. As a 5 time deploying Soldier, I have compassion for all Veterans and their families.

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 1:44 am

      Hi Lisa! I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  8. Edward A wilturner April 28, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    I AM A VIET NAM VET I EARNED 2 BRONZE STAR HONORS. I WOULD LOVE TO ASSIST WITH KIDS AND ADULTS WITH THE LOSS OF FAMILY MEMBERS

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 1:45 am

      Hi Edward. Thank you for your service. I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  9. Anthony J Tuttobene April 28, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    I am a disabled Veteran and would like to volunteer. I live in the Santa Clarita California. If I can be of any assistance please reach out to me.

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 1:46 am

      Hi Anthony. TAPS has events in California most years. I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  10. Charles Riggins April 28, 2022 at 3:32 pm

    I am a Veteran and reside in Cartersville, Ga I am a survivor of two losses, My father and Son. I will be more than happy to volunteer.

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 1:49 am

      I’m sorry for your losses Charles. I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  11. Paul Hicks April 28, 2022 at 3:04 pm

    Am willing Columbus NE.. Paul; Hicks 59 yrs old

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 1:49 am

      I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  12. Richard "Mac" McMullen April 28, 2022 at 2:07 pm

    I will glady serve as mentor. I live in the Fort Collins Area. 90525, Retired Navy Physician Assistant. 20 years of service.

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 1:50 am

      Thanks for your service Mac. TAPS has events regularly in Colorado. I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  13. albert cenotti April 28, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    STEVE some people aren’t as smart as you in this matter!! That does not make them dumb they wnat more answers from chat,and they might be the best of the best in America so you should dial it back a little and give everyone some space…. GOD will love you more for this……..Though shall not judge GOD BLESS AMERICA

  14. DAN TOBIN April 28, 2022 at 11:11 am

    A Marine veteran, I have done mentoring through Big Brothers and would like to volunteer to be a mentor. Please have the right party contact me for direction on this. Thanks much

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 1:52 am

      Thanks for your service Dan. I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  15. Steve Wolfe April 28, 2022 at 9:55 am

    I see dozens of comments from people wanting to find out how to become a volunteer for this program but what concerns me is the inability to follow simple directions. It clearly states at the end of this article what you need to do to sign up and who you need to contact to get your questions answered.

    • Jeremy F. April 28, 2022 at 11:17 am

      Get off it Steve. Let people ask their questions without your judgment. Have a great day.

    • Morgan April 28, 2022 at 2:38 pm

      You’re correct. Same thing happens with the VA; it’s not perfect but often times people don’t follow simple directions and then blame the system.

  16. Carl Ruggiero DDS April 28, 2022 at 9:01 am

    I am a recently retired pediatric dentist who served in the Navy Dental Corps. Also served as a civilian contractor at an Army base in Germany where I treated and interacted with many children who had lost a parent or who were struggling with a parent’s multiple deployments. I felt privileged to spend a little extra time getting to know and becoming a friend to these brave little guys and gals.
    I have the time and would be glad to mentor and help some more.

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 1:52 am

      Thanks for your service Carl! I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  17. joseph l April 28, 2022 at 8:44 am

    I reside in southern California And would like to
    Volunteer . Usmc server in 80’s

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 1:53 am

      I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  18. Christina E Maskley April 28, 2022 at 8:31 am

    How do apply to become a mentor? I am very interested. I am a USMC veteran, work with at-risk children to prevent drug use, and currently earning my MBA in university. I would love to be a mentor.

    • Steve Wolfe April 28, 2022 at 10:00 am

      Did you notice at the end of the article it tells you who to contact to become a volunteer?

      • Antonio W. April 28, 2022 at 12:18 pm

        Steve, Are you having a bad day? Do you need a hug? Why not use your energy in a positive manner and be part of the solution instead of being snarky? If you want to help, then stay positive. The volunteers whom you are directing your snark at, are volunteers that want to be a part of the solution. Get on board – and go for a run or do some meditation brother.

      • Antonio W. April 28, 2022 at 12:22 pm

        Steve, this is how you become part of the solution. Please use the following contact information to become a volunteer: Learn more about becoming a TAPS Military Mentor for a child grieving the loss of a military loved one at the 28th Annual National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp, or other events throughout the year, by visiting taps.org/militarymentor. Additional questions can be directed to the TAPS Youth Programs Team at mentors@taps.org or 800.959.TAPS (8277).

      • Michael Tipton April 28, 2022 at 12:48 pm

        Trying the passive aggressive tact this time – huh, Steve? Why not just direct people in the right direction instead of showing contempt. So what if they didn’t notice the notice. They’re looking to volunteer – help them!

    • TW April 28, 2022 at 10:32 am

      Learn more about becoming a TAPS Military Mentor for a child grieving the loss of a military loved one at the 28th Annual National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp, or other events throughout the year, by visiting taps.org/militarymentor. Additional questions can be directed to the TAPS Youth Programs Team at mentors@taps.org or 800.959.TAPS (8277).

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 1:54 am

      Thanks for your service Christina and desire to help these kids! I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  19. Karl Bruno April 28, 2022 at 8:29 am

    I am a disabled veteran and a retired Navy chief. I have a Master’s degree in Biblical Counseling. I leave in East-Central Florida. It would be my pleasure to help. I have a non-profit organization specializing in working with the youths. It is an assignment from God.

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 1:55 am

      Thanks for your service Karl. I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  20. CDR Catherine Suttle April 28, 2022 at 8:25 am

    Thanks for the opportunity. I am unable to come this year.

  21. James A Anderson Sr. April 28, 2022 at 8:13 am

    I am a 100% DAV, and also a Stephens Minister. It would bring me pleasure to mentor a youngster in need. r/

    J A Anderson, Sr., PhD, USAF (Ret)

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 1:56 am

      Thanks for your service James and desire to serve these kids. I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  22. Robert Peterson April 27, 2022 at 11:24 pm

    I have a couple of homes in Kauai Hawaii that would be ideal for grieving family members of deceased service members.

    Please contact me if there is any interest.

    Aloha,
    Robert Peterson

    • Cindy Riley April 28, 2022 at 3:19 pm

      That sounds wonderful. What do they rent for? How close to the ocean? My husband died a 100% disabled. It was devastating. He was such a good man and missed terribly. I lost two sons also so there are just my daughter and her children, they could use a mentor in there life they have been through a lot but have never had a real male mentor. I’m in SC near Fort Jackson I believe I’m new to the area. Please get in touch and let me know if there are any mentors here. It would be such a blessing to them.

  23. CAROLYN CAHN April 27, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    Hi, I just read that TAPS is looking for Veterans to serve as supportive companions to children of America’s fallen military at the 28th Annual National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp, May 26 – 30 in Arlington, Virginia.

    As it happens I will be in New Jersey for a week that overlaps this time and would be happy to help. My sister lives in Rockville, MD, so I have a place to stay nearby.

    I am an R.N. who is certified in hypnosis, NLP, and have worked as a nurse for many years on one of the PHS mental health disaster teams.

    CDR Cahn, retired USPHS

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 1:58 am

      Carolyn, TAPS has Good Grief Camps throughout the year and around the country. There’s plenty of opportunity to get involved and support these kiddos. I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  24. Joseph SCOTT April 27, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    I’m able to get involved in your program
    USAF- 1964/69, 65/66-Nam

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 1:58 am

      Thanks for your service Joseph. I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  25. Stephen A Feldman April 27, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    I am a 100% disabled veteran. I was an NCO in the Marine Corps and an Army Infantry Officer, Special Forces qualified. I served in Vietnam with CCC, MACV-SOG where I lost my best friend, 3 members of my OCS class, and my platoon sergeant. I also lost my father when I was 2 months old on 18Sep43, my father was in the Navy. I would be more than willing to talk to, interface with, or do anything else needed to help these children.

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:00 am

      Stephen, I’m sorry for your losses. I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  26. TB April 27, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    Does this Program have any support for women grieving loss from a forced abortion with DV involved while in the military and married to an abusive service member?

  27. Matt April 27, 2022 at 10:48 pm

    Available whenever needed in south MS and have others willing to assist.

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:00 am

      I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  28. Kerry April 27, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    I’m Minister Kerry Logan Dixon Willing to assist anytime

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:01 am

      I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  29. Robert (Bob) Hopkins April 27, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    I would be willing to help if I’m available. I retired in 1993 from the Army after 21 years of service.

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:01 am

      Thanks for your service Bob. I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  30. William Dill April 27, 2022 at 10:22 pm

    Would be more than happy to mentor or share time with any child that has lost a mom or dad while serving.

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:02 am

      Thanks William. I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  31. Phil Cox April 27, 2022 at 10:07 pm

    I am a Grief Recovery Method Specialist, certified by The Grief Recovery Institute. One of our programs is Helping Children With Loss. It teaches adults how to help children who have experienced loss of any kind. I can teach this four-session class online to adults. It is based on the book “When Children Grieve”, by John Janes, Russel Friedman and Leslie Landon Matthews. See the website below, and see Our Programs for the Helping Children With Loss program.

  32. Brian April 27, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    Currently I am a substitute school teacher for Sacramento City Unified School District. I am a USAF Vietnam Vet.

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:03 am

      Thanks for your service Brian. I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  33. Brian April 27, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    I’m interested in mentoring.

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:03 am

      I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  34. James Drury April 27, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    I live in Tennessee do they have anything at my location in Crossville Tennessee

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:04 am

      TAPS has events throughout the country each year. I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  35. Paul E. Doyle April 27, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    I would like to participate!
    Paul E. Doyle

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:05 am

      I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  36. Dwight April 27, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    I would love to volunteer for this program, do you need assistance in Colorado Springs?

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:05 am

      TAPS frequently has in events in Colorado! I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  37. Edward J MacIsaac April 27, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    What a wonderful venue to reach out to grieving children from all walks of life and engage with the encouragement they may need to begin accepting the things they can in a positive way! Good work, TAPS!

  38. Maria Prior April 27, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    I would like to know how to become a TAPS mentor.

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:06 am

      I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  39. JOYCE TABB April 27, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    I am interested in volunteering as a mentor for the program. I am Army veteran, female, Africa-American if that makes a difference

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:06 am

      Thanks for your service Joyce! I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:37 am

      I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  40. Rich Pfeiffer April 27, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    should not be limited to those under 18 years old. See: https://www.tcpalm.com/…/navy-seal-memorial…/7237035002/

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:09 am

      Good Grief Camp is limited to kids under 18. However, TAPS has numerous programs for adult survivors and families. Please visit http://www.taps.org to learn about the multitude of adult programs.

  41. Mertiss J. Thompson April 27, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    I was part of a team of EFT(emotionalfreedomtechniques) consultants who met with veterans at Mchord and Lewis bases who were experiencing PTSD for severals years. at the Seattle va I facilitated a group of vets with mental challenges at taught Mindfulness meditation . I am a certified clinical hypnotherapist and was a Score Mentor with the SBA office in Seattle. would love to be of service to these kids. I’m also a Master golf instructor

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:10 am

      I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  42. Carl Mustari April 27, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    I am on board with this and would like to help.

    Carl Mustari USMC Retired GySgt

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:11 am

      Thanks for your service Gunny! I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  43. Dihveelduh-DeWilde April 27, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    Help surface warfare operator candidates, there’s a warrior within that finds dishonor after being subdued in ways that are quietly shown, I lost my mentor to a failed surface warfare operator training course on active duty status. It was harmful in the community I was with, my team felt the blow and like water it had its way. Cognitive commune by definition

  44. Victor M Quezada JR April 27, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    I would like to assist if I can. How/who do I contact to help local children in my area?

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:12 am

      TAPS is a national program that sponsors events throughout the country. I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  45. Paul McMaster April 27, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    please send me more information about TAPS in the Portland OR area.

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:13 am

      TAPS has events around the country each year. I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  46. Epmetrius Harris April 27, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    Hello my name is Epmetrius Harris I served 4years in the Army. My sister did 20years in the Army. My grandfather was a marine and both uncles serving in the Army. I understand what families go through. I love helping people. I have a lot of experience in motivating kids, adults and keeping them positive. I’m also a minister.

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:14 am

      Thank you and your family for your collective service. I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  47. Ann Ingram April 27, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    Hi. I walk with a walker, so i can work remotely only. HOWEVER, I do have Masters Degree in Psychology. Also, I am of grandma -age, which may be of comfort to a child. It is my belief I can help.

    Kin d regards,

    Ann Ingram

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:15 am

      I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  48. Robert Koterbay MD April 27, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    I retired after 50 years as a pediatrician 2 years ago. I was in the navy from 1968 until 1976(Vietnam period) I have lots of experience with grief counseling both in and out of my military experience. I would love to offer my time and experience.

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:15 am

      Thank you for your service Robert. I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  49. John Bonacci April 27, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    I am very very interested in mentoring children I am a veteran also I am disabled but I am physically able and mentally able to assist children in grieving families.

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:19 am

      John, I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  50. Steve Conrad April 27, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Do you pay for the transportation to Virginia?
    I’m retired and would like to help. Thanks ‍♂️

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:22 am

      Transportation to events is not covered. However, there are events all over the country. You maybe closer than you think! I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  51. Eugene Espino April 27, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    Yes I would love to be a mentor.
    SFC Retired Espino

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:23 am

      Thank you for your service Eugene. I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  52. Allen April 27, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    Been volunteering with them since 2014. Its a great cause, and trust me, most mentors get way more out of it than they ever expect!

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:24 am

      That’s right Allen!

  53. Robert BRYAN FREEMAN MD April 27, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Want to help anyone

  54. Robert BRYAN FREEMAN MD April 27, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    Surgeon/Major
    Robert Bryan Freeman MD
    Am interested in helping anyone.

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:25 am

      I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  55. James Gallup April 27, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    Can’t make it to Virginia, but why can’t you start a long term program akin to Big Brothers, Big Sisters? If there is someone in my area, I would be honored to do that.
    Jim Gallup
    New Mexico

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:26 am

      James, there are events around the country. Many mentors develope lifelong relationships with their mentees. I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  56. Paul April 27, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    The foster parent community would be a perfect connection for this event. Many foster parents have history with caring for children with deceased parents.

  57. Lemore Allen II April 27, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    I’m in, just tell me when and where. Semper Fi.

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:28 am

      Definitely visit the website Lemore. I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  58. jerry l godbey April 27, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    I would be willing to help. I am currently in Northern Colorado but will be moving to Northern Arizona late this year. I am a Vietnam Vet, father of 2 wonderful boys, grandfather for 5 increasable grandchildren. Our kids are the future I will be buried someday soon but would like to be a mentor to those that need me.

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:30 am

      Thank you Jerry. I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  59. shelia robinson April 27, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    I am an Army Vet in the south west suburbs of Illinois and it would be an honor and my pleasure to assist any way that I can with children or adults that have suffered a loss. Google Villa Park fire 2012 Jan 17th to see one of my experiences with losses

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:31 am

      Thanks for service Sheila. I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  60. Laura McDonough April 27, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    Husband retired Army after 20 yrs in “81, pay was low then, I worked and we chose not to have a family. Many were on food stamps in housing area, even w/ two kids. Not an ideal family lifestyle either, esp for navy people as father is gone on assignments esp. submarine duty. Combat duty (during Viet Nam ) seeing caskets unloaded on nightly news , motivated that decision.

  61. Stefanie young LPCC April 27, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    That sounds great I am interested in volunteering.

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:32 am

      I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  62. James Wright April 27, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    I’m retired Marine in Jacksonville NC. I own Martial Arts schools in Jacksonville and Wilmington NC. If there are kids I can help in those areas. James Wright

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:32 am

      Thanks for your service James. I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  63. Randy Ingle April 27, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    This Nam Vet would be honored to help in North West Arkansas!

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:33 am

      Thanks Randy! I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  64. Roland Horst April 27, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    I am a Vet. Retired from public service . Be happy to help out , so call on me .

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:33 am

      I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  65. Fred j Terhune April 27, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    I am from Saint Louis, I can Mentor you if and when you need me. I would need help to travel since I am on disability

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:34 am

      I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  66. Greg Stanton April 27, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    Tell me more about this near Cleveland, Ohio. I’m interested.

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:38 am

      TAPS has events throughout the country. There was an event I’m Columbus this past September. I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  67. Timothy Symonds April 27, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    During my 31 year career I have been assigned as a Notification / Casualty Assistance Officer. I appreciate the important mission of TAPS and welcome assisting in any way required during retirement…feel free to contact me at any time.

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:38 am

      Thank you for your service Timothy. I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  68. francis pierce April 27, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    How do I go about volunteering for this.

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:39 am

      I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  69. Neil B Sleppy April 27, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    If anything and/or anyone needing a friend/mentor in Goldsboro, NC Please let us know

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:39 am

      I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  70. Douglas M. Hurst April 27, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    I will help as long as I don’t have to drive very far. This administration has made travel prohibitive. I’m USMC retired, age 74.

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:40 am

      TAPS has events throughout the country. I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  71. Adelbert Reinaldo Hendrickson April 27, 2022 at 6:07 pm

    Ok, sure- YES, indeed.
    I can / will be a Volunteer.
    Please, count me in

    Adelbert R. Hendrickson

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:40 am

      I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  72. David Keithan April 27, 2022 at 5:50 pm

    I am a veteran and live in Maine with a farm and would love to mentor..

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:41 am

      Thanks for your service David. I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

  73. Thomas Franklin kellum April 21, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    Call on me anytime I with Rolling thunder ch-4 Tennessee. I am sure I can muster more help also. I have 23 yrs active and 8 yrs stand by. Be more then happy to help out anyway possible

    • Romeo Tayag April 27, 2022 at 10:49 pm

      I am a disabled veteran and would like to volunteer

      • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:43 am

        I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

    • Victoria Stern May 13, 2022 at 2:41 am

      I’ve been a mentor for 8 years! It’s a wonderful program. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.taps.org/militarymentor

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